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Former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion and former UFC fighter RORY MACDONALD will make his Bellator MMA against former UFC veteran Paul Daley on May 19 in London.
Bellator MMA announced the headliner for Bellator 179 on Thursday. The event will take place at the SSE Arena and will be televised on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Michael Page is also expected to compete on the card against an as yet to be determined opponent.
MacDonald signed an exclusive contract with the California-based promotion last summer on the heels of back-to-back losses to Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson in the UFC. The Tristar Gym export’s debut was delayed as he needed time to let his injured nose heal from damage taken in those previous two bouts. “The Red King” is 18-4 as a professional and owns notable victories over the likes of Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia, Nate Diaz, Tarec Saffiedine, Jake Ellenberger and B.J. Penn.
Daley has won six of his last seven appearances, including a flying knee knockout of Brennan Ward in his most recent bout at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21. Daley's only defeat during that time came against current welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator 158. Daley owns a 39-14-2 career mark with wins over Jorge Masvidal, Martin Kampmann, Duane Ludwig and Scott Smith, to name a few.
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